Sunday, May 17, 2015

Making Monday #89

Welcome to Making Monday

This week Reed and I had to use the AC for the first time... I am STOKED because I love warm weather. I love not having cold toes...


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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:



This week I tried to put some perspective on how to love a creative person. We can be a bit tricky sometimes ;)

Lori's newest fav. meal is her Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps. I must say, I mayyyyy be trying them soon! 
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:




 I really like the asymmetric trend and this DIY Hi-lo Circle Skirt would be perfect in a nice cotton for summer. 


Lets all start getting summer ready, most importantly getting our Yards Summer Ready!


These are a super cute and easy project - Spring Wood Flowers DIY


For all you recent grads, how about a couple Resume Tips!


Y'all know I love some shoes... These DIY Ombre Dyed Canvas Sneakers are rad!
   
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
MakingMondayGuidelines


Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!



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Friday, May 15, 2015

How to Love a Creative Person Well

As an artist I've realized that sometimes my love language is a little hard for others to understand. Thankfully I come from a family that most of us are very creative so my creative side was nurtured and loved growing up. College was an amazing time because I was surrounded by artists that knew exactly when to critique and when to inspire me. It was such a high to be surrounded by people that really understood me for 4 years! Once I got married I realized that not everyone really understands art, not only art they don't understand how to love the artist. My husband has learned so much and is great at understanding how loving me also means loving me as an artist.


I thought I would share somethings that I've had to let my husband in on when it comes to loving a creative person. So here are 5 quick tips on how to love the creative person in your life well!

1. Remind them you see what makes them unique.
This may seem like a no brainer, but as a creative person we are pretty aware of what makes us different than others and that is something we love. We strive to have our own style that allows us to stand out as who we really are. Even just little compliments mean so much, (same goes for all ladies, creative or not!). It can be about their personal style, artistic style, their creative mind, anything! Just be aware of the unique qualities and appreciate them!! (My husband loves my sketch books. He respects them and had to learned  not to write in them with out asking, but constantly tells me he loves watching me walk around Lowes with my pencil and sketchbook.)

2. Allow them creative space.
If a creative person doesn't feel like they have a place to create it can be so stifling. It doesn't have to be an entire studio but having a space that expresses their style and inspires them to work is key! I work very differently then my husband and I can't handle when he comes in and moves things around. But when I'm in my own space I can pick up a project instantly. I have a guest bedroom turned studio with all my supplies visible, it's where most of my ideas happen :)

3. Understand their creative cycle. Creativity has a lot of steps and it starts over with each project. So being aware of this can help you encourage them through out each phase.

  • It can start with totally inspired bliss, being pumped and ready to get started on your newest idea. When your creative love is in this state don't stop them!! They need you to be excited too :) 
  • Once we get working and thinking, so many times we will feel like a failure. Like our ideas are stupid and we will beg you to agree. ( I do this too much, luckily Reed has learned it's a trap!!). Best thing to help them out of this funk is to get them brainstorming, get them thinking about how they can make their original plan a success! 
  • After the plan has been re-thought we want to do it all on our own. No help, I've got this and I can prove to you that it was a good idea! Give them a second to get it done.
  • Ecstatic finish! We just wanna shout to the roof top that we finished this project and wanna talk about it. TALK TO THEM! Step back and enjoy hearing them explain every detail they love and how they would improve it next time. 
4. Their work is always personal. Remember that even if you don't think a comment is a big deal, to them it is a statement about them personally. I've had negative comments from strangers make me feel like such a failure, but having someone at home that knows my strengths and can point them out keeps me from feeling like a failure. 

5. Always be willing to day dream with them! Creative people never stop thinking, and most of what they are thinking isn't about stuff that is physical. It's about a future project, a new design, a beautiful new house, a romantic trip. Anything that allows them to escape where they are. The BEST way to support a creative person is to take these day dream trips with them. Feed their soul by sitting and day dreaming every once in a while. 

Remembering these few little things can be huge in supporting the very unique and creative side of your special someone. None of these are huge or ground breaking, but can mean so much. I love feeling like my husband understands my creative side, it makes me happy to have him be apart of that part of my life :)

To all you creative people, your love language is as unique as you are! Help your other half realize how to support you, it will be amazing how having someone in your creative mind with you will help your process grow!

Did I miss anything?? I know I have a lot of creative people here, how do you feel most loved??

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Making Monday!!

Welcome to Making Monday

Hello friends. I hope you've had a wonderful weekend and Mother's Day and I hope your upcoming week is great. Thanks for joining us for another party. We love the diversity of what's shared here each week ~ it's our favorite day of the week!
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This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

Feature88-GracieGracie has a Summer Spruce Up Giveaway going on right now.
Hop on over right now because you won't want to miss it!
 
The discovery Game-2
Lori reviewed a fun and romantic game for married couples.
You won't want to miss this one either!
 

Check out these fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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Peanut Butter Cookie Bars ~ Jo Ann at A Pretty Life
 
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Easy Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups ~ Manuela at A Cultivated Nest
 
Feature88-ChoreChartWork for Hire: DIY Chore Chart ~ Emily at My Love For Words
 
Feature88-FloralPlacecardHoldersDIY Floral Placecard Holders ~ Marie at Blooming Homestead
 
Feature88-Cotton&TulleSkirtCotton and Tulle Skirt Tutorial ~ Emily at Nap Time Creations
 
Laura at Inspiration for Moms
 
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
MakingMondayGuidelines

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Summer Spruce Up Gift Card Giveaway

WazzUppp friends!?

Again, no posts for a while but I hope to get on that soon.

for now Rachel, from Like A Saturday, and I are back with an Instagram giveaway starting Monday! Thats right, it's on Instagram so you need to click on over there to enter. I promise you, you will want to enter this giveaway!

Go follow @GraceLangdonArt along with @LikeASaturday to enter :)



We are giving away a $25 Gift Card to ETSY and a $50 Gift Card to Lowes!! 1 winner will get both of these lovelies to help spruce up their summer :)

The giveaway will only last Monday May 11th and Tuesday May 12th so be sure to head over and enter as soon as you can!!

Go follow @GraceLangdonArt along with @LikeASaturday to enter :)

GOOD LUCK!
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Making Monday 87

Welcome to Making Monday

Today Reed and I are heading out for our first day on the water this season! We CAN NOT WAIT to be river rats and lake lazies this summer :) 

MakingMondayLogo
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

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Gracie shares how she was enlightened at a conference she participated in.
 
Shrimp Scampi Pizza
Have you ever had shrimp on pizza? This Shrimp Scampi Pizza is buttery and garlicky, light and refreshing.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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Adorable Bag in a Box Purse ~ Linda at Stamping with Linda
 
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A beautiful FREE Printable ~ Jenn at Clean and Scentsible
 
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Delicious looking Homemade Pita Chips ~ Emily at Nap Time Creations
 
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Cheery Mother's Day Flower Crafts ~ Mama Lola at Bear & Lion
 
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Super cute Homemade Baby Toys ~ Merissa at Little House Living
 
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Tasty looking Mother's Day Breakfast Ideas ~ Jenn at Clean & Scentsible
 
There are such lovely projects every week and we're so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week!
Y'all are the bomb!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
And don't forget, if you didn't make it as a feature this week, check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
MakingMondayGuidelines


Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Passion is Contagious


Over the weekend I got to take part in an awesome online conference given by Emily Jeffords. Emily is a fabulous artist in Greenville, SC and someone I have followed on Instagram for some time. When my boss (with the gallery) offered to "send" me to the conference for work I was SO pumped and knew that it would benefit the gallery but also my own art business. So for 2 hours I soaked in all that Emily could share and now I want to share how it inspired me personally :)


Most of what Emily talked about was how when we begin to be authentic but follow a story line our followers will begin to share our vision and become more interactive. That may seem super simple and you may be going "duh Gracie". But as a creative person sometimes I don't think that my process is interesting, I don't always feel like sharing an unfinished painting, or the sketch for a furniture design. To me thats just a place for people to see my weaknesses. Emily totally blew that theory of mine out of the water. She said passion is contagious. For something to be contagious you have to put it out there for others to share with you! DUH!

So I decided, my heart is in sharing the beauty of art, all art. If I think that is beautiful what is it that makes it beautiful to me? Well mostly the story behind each piece. I LOVE the history and knowing what happened to the artist to influence that design, or the color pallet they chose. If that is what I love about art then I guess I should share it about my art too. So I am committing myself to share the stories and process behind my pieces.

I'm committing to sharing my entire passion, not just the finished product.

I want all of you to see what I see when I look at a new piece of art. I want you to understand the process behind it, the hours put in to it, and the exhausting debates that went on to make that piece what it is.

I hope to curate my Instagram to be a place that really shows the beauty in what I am lucky enough to do daily and I would LOVE it if you followed along with me :)

Grace Langdon Art ||  Sozo Gallery


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